So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. – Mark 5:24-30, 41-42
Doctors may eventually give up on us but Jesus never does. When Jesus comes into the picture, he brings hope. Jesus gives hope to us and to all who trust in him. In him, we find comfort and relief.
In the text, we are told of a woman who found comfort, relief and peace in Jesus. She had visited many doctors and spent much money but got no cure until she found Jesus.
The woman of the text was destitute. There was nowhere to turn. She needed help. The only person who was able to give her the help she needed was Jesus.
In the same text, there was another person who was out of hope. Jairus, one of the synagogue’s rulers, had a daughter who was extremely ill. He sought Jesus’ help and found relief.
I know what it is to be in Jairus’ situation. I have two children who suffer from asthma. When they were infants, I spent many days helplessly watching as they battled an asthmatic attack. In those situations, I could only watch without being able to do very much to help.
The woman in the text was frustrated. Her only glimmer of hope was in Jesus as he stood in the crowd that day.
She probably thought to herself, I may not be able to talk to him, but if I could just touch his clothes, I will be cured. What faith! When someone who has great needs touches Jesus, things happen.
When this destitute woman touched Jesus, two especially important things happened in her life – first, she received physical healing immediately; secondly, her anxiety and frustration changed.
Jesus looked at her and declared, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” She went from being “anxious” to being “peaceful”.
Finally, Jesus gave relief to the synagogue ruler. Jairus’ servants thought that all was lost.
They told their master not to bother Jesus further because the child had died.
This news must have depressed Jairus. He probably felt broken and distraught. Nonetheless, he kept focused on Jesus. He believed that Jesus would give him relief and Jesus did. He touched the young lady and brought her back to life.
We, too, can bring healing to our neighbors through the sharing of the love of Jesus. His love works miracles in the lives of those who are hurting.
Through his love and compassion, Jesus brought healing to the desperate woman on the road. He did the same thing for Jairus whose daughter he touched and brought back from the dead. In the waters of baptism, he also brings us back from the dead. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone: 426-9084; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.